Tuesday, December 12, 2006

QUALCOMM Appoints COO, Hires Former Sprint Exec

QUALCOMM appointed Dr. Sanjay K. Jha as its chief operating officer. As COO, Jha will now oversee Corporate Research and Development and QUALCOMM Flarion Technologies (QFT), in addition to continuing as president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies (QCT). Prior to being named COO, Jha's 10-plus years of contributions at QUALCOMM included key engineering roles and the formation of QUALCOMM Technologies & Ventures.

QUALCOMM also announced the hiring of Len J. Lauer, who has joined QUALCOMM as a corporate executive vice president and as group president overseeing key divisions. As group president, Lauer will oversee QUALCOMM Wireless Business Solutions, QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, QUALCOMM Government Technologies and the company's mobile TV subsidiary, MediaFLO USA. Lauer reports to QUALCOMM president Steven R. Altman. Most recently, Lauer served as chief operating officer for Sprint Nextel where he directed all of the company's operations to deliver converged media and communication services. During 2006, he also served as the chairman of CTIA, the trade association for the U.S. wireless industry.